Abi Hopson
  • The Award for Teacher of the Year in a Primary School, (sponsored by Randstad)
  • St Nicholas Church of England Primary School
  • Templecombe, Somerset

Abi is consistent in her provision to all children at St Nicholas. Her level of care and support for her pupils is described by colleagues as outstanding in every way and she has a significant impact on the children’s learning and wellbeing.

She always thinks ‘whole school.’ She leads the school’s Eco Council, leads a wide range of subjects across the school and ensures that children are aspirational through her wide-ranging art competitions for all year groups. Her work has been celebrated on numerous occasions in Governing Board meetings.

Kindness, gentleness, hard work, and self belief are key to Abi’s teaching. Her pupils know they are ‘The Ladybird Team’ and they support, help and encourage one another. Her learning environment is highly organised, motivating and current. Her ‘Ladybird’ pupils know where all the resources are – this allows each one of them to be highly independent and responsible.